The federal government on Thursday launched a new program to compensate nearly 150,000 public servants who suffered the inconvenience of the famous Phoenix pay system.
Ottawa explained that the implementation of this program had been expected since June 2019, when the government had reached an agreement with unions on the compensation offered to certain employees.
In all, 121,000 civil servants and 25,000 former government employees are eligible for this compensation.
Obviously, they will be able to claim this government assistance if they have suffered financial losses because of Phoenix. They are also entitled to it if they only consider that they have experienced personal problems, including stress, due to failures in the pay system.
“We know that the Phoenix pay system has had an impact, direct or indirect, on public servants, and the Government of Canada continues to take action on all fronts to address pay issues,” the President said in a statement from the Treasury Board, Jean-Yves Duclos.
However, not all of the people who have been affected by the Phoenix faults will have access to the aid announced on Thursday.
The new program does not apply to students, casual employees, employees working no more than one-third of the regular working hours and term employees of less than three months.
However, the latter could soon be added to the list of people to be compensated under the class action which is currently before the courts.
Compensation is also not offered to employees covered by the agreement signed in October by the Treasury Board and the Public Service Alliance of Canada. Another program has been put in place for these workers.
Since its implementation in the federal public service in 2016, the Phoenix system has caused a lot of ink to flow because of the errors generated in the payroll of federal employees.